Prominent VCU alumni returned to campus for “In Real Life: A Conversation with Distinguished VCU Alumni,”
a panel discussion held Sept. 23 in the James Branch Cabell Library. The discussion featured four highly accomplished VCU graduates: Thomas Scalea, M.D.
(M.D.’78/M), an influential trauma surgeon; Tara Donovan
(M.F.A.’99/A), a widely exhibited artist and winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship; Marilyn Tavenner
(B.S.’83/N; M.H.A.’89/AHP), president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans; and David Baldacci
(B.A.’83/H&S; H.L.D.’01), a best-selling novelist. VCU alumnus Aaron Gilchrist
(B.S.’03/H&S), co-anchor of News4Today in Washington, D.C., served as moderator. The panelists reflected on their careers and shared the ways that their time at VCU influenced their lives and contributed to their success. The event was a centerpiece of the launch of the $750 million Make It Real Campaign for VCU
. Pictured above: Aaron Gilchrist (left), Tara Donovan, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., Marilyn Tavenner, David Baldacci and Thomas Scalea, M.D